McEnroe on Roger Federer: "This is what it means to be 40 in tennis"

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McEnroe on Roger Federer: "This is what it means to be 40 in tennis"

After four years, the Swiss Roger Federer will come back to abandon the top 10 of the ATP world rankings. The champion from Basel, twenty Grand Slam trophies on the showcase and countless other records won, has in fact taken part in just five events on the circuit this season: Doha, Geneva, Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon.

The Swiss Maestro's best result certainly came on English grass, where he reached the quarter-finals before being neatly defeated by Pole Hubert Hurkacz in three sets. However, Federer had also played an excellent tournament in Paris, where he was able to reach the fourth round before giving up the challenge with our Matteo Berrettini.

McEnroe doesn't stop praising Roger

In the second year of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament - canceled in 2020 - has been scheduled on the calendar between 4 and 17 October. The event saw the heavy absence of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer himself, while the Scotsman Andy Murray decided to take part and even managed to beat the much younger Carlos Alcaraz, recovering from a disadvantage.

Talking about the eldest of the Big 3, former American tennis star John McEnroe commented: "Roger Federer is forty. I mean, being forty in tennis is like being sixty-five in any other profession. Either way, Roger will be able to hold his head up no matter what happens."

Mac's words were reported by the We Love Tennis website. Federer, born in 1981, collected defeats this year with Nikoloz Basilashvili, Pablo Andujar, Félix Auger-Aliassime and the aforementioned Hurkacz. His latest challenge with ATP number one Nole Djokovic was held at the 2020 Australian Open final, in which the Serbian prevailed with a score of 7-6 6-4 6-3.

Novak recently lost the last act of the US Open to a champion like Daniil Medvedev. We recall that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams should come back on the court for the beginning of the the 2022 tennis season, starting from the Australian swing.